Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 known chemicals or cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it’s also one of the most well-known. According to anecdotal reports and a growing body of research, CBD offers a multitude of potential benefits for people who are looking for a healthier life. But, is CBD better by itself or as part of the whole hemp plant? The answer depends on the way that CBD works with the entourage effect and the specific goals you’re trying to achieve.
What Is the Entourage Effect?
In the cannabis plant, the entourage effect refers to the way that the different chemical components work together to create specific effects in the body. For example, did you know that CBD actually lessens the uncomfortable side effects of THC? Or that THC could make CBD more effective for pain relief?
The entourage effect of CBD is only possible because each cannabinoid modifies the way that the other cannabinoids bind to the receptors located throughout the body — either making them bind more tightly to these receptors or stopping them from binding to the receptors at all. That’s the reason that some strains of cannabis are more stimulating (sativa strains) or calming (indica strains).
Taking Advantage of CBD and the Entourage Effect
Full spectrum hemp extracts are thought to be the best way to enjoy the benefits of cannabidiol because they’re easier to absorb and offer plenty of cannabinoid synergy. However, there are times when CBD in isolation is better for targeting a particular problem. That’s why, at SOAR™, we’ve crafted a line of products that features the best of all three kinds of extracts.
Full spectrum hemp extract keeps all of the cannabinoids and terpenes intact. This means that in addition to CBD, you’ll also get caryophyllene, myrcene, flavonoids, and traces of THC (no more than 0.3%). We’ve chosen to use a full spectrum extract in our Relief Realized Healing Stick to offer the greatest potential pain relief.
Broad spectrum hemp extracts take a best-of-both-worlds approach to the entourage effect and CBD. Our broad spectrum tinctures offer all of the synergistic chemicals of hemp with 0.0% THC. This “middle path” provides easy absorption and multiple benefits without the chance of a positive drug test or surprise high. It’s perfect for anyone who lives in a state where THC is illegal.
Sometimes, all you need is cannabidiol to get the job done, and we’ve chosen to use CBD isolate as a soloist in products where it really shines. Our Softness Sealed Lip Balm, Moisture Maintained Soothing Cream, Comfort Created Relief Roll-On, and CBD patches feature pure cannabidiol isolate for a gentle and long-lasting calming effect.
Join the Hemp-Based Wellness Movement with SOAR™
Now that we’ve explored what the entourage effect is and how it relates to CBD, learn more about CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp by browsing the rest of the articles in our blog. For CBD enthusiasts who are ready to mix things up and create synergy in the kitchen, we’ve put together some delicious recipes. Be sure to try these combos at home!
The SOAR™ line of CBD products for wellness, recovery, energy, and sleep are all derived from organic hemp, third-party lab-tested, and covered by our satisfaction guarantee. Join the thriving SOAR™ community and discover greater wellness with CBD and the entourage effect!